Planned mileage: 12.0
Actual mileage: 10.5
Accomodations: Abbots Leigh
Dear Leslie and Mike,
Another mini update tonight. WE ARE DONE! We have mixed emotions about being done, we have immensely enjoyed the scenery and each other’s company. Being out everyday with nothing to do but hike is amazing. The stillness and solitude, much needed. John asked about every day, “is this what retirement is like?”
On the other hand, I have struggled greatly with my feet and I need to find some answers. Also 13 hotels with 13 very different beds and pillows is a lot of packing, unpacking and adjustment. We are missing washcloths, bedding, the ability to control the temperature in our room and a decent sized bathroom with water contols we understand. Yet we have asked ourselves several times, “would we do another hike?” The answer is yes.
Today was not a difficult day but our luck ran out on the weather. We hiked 10.5 miles B&B to B&B and my feet did not hurt much, yay! Aside from 3 ravine drops and maybe 300 steps, we hiked on the cliff edge overlooking the ocean. We hiked in a very light rain that was aggravating enough to wear rain jackets but didn’t soak through. That was because a cold, fierce wind was blowing up and over the cliffs that dissipated the rain on contact. The wind was blowing inland and the force of the gusts caused issues with our footing and stability. John estimated 40 mph with higher gusts. We required light wool gloves for the first time today.
We were looking forward to getting into Filey but have been a bit disappointed. It is the most run down of all the seaside towns we have visited, although our B&B is nice. I believe it is still winter season (sure does feel like it) and everything closes very early.
By the time we got out for dinner at 6:00 pm, all of the resturants were closed. We finally found a little cafe and take away fish and chips place. They closed the cafe just as we walked in so we left ( B&B’s do not allow take away in the room). Lucky us, one of the waitresses ran outside and got us. They served us while they were cleaning up the cafe….lovely people! The fish and chips wasn’t too bad either!
So that’s it for now. Tomorrow we make our way from Filey to Scarborough to Leeds by train. We overnight in Leeds and catch the 11:05 flight out. I will try to be in touch tomorrow.
So this is the end of my journals for the Cleveland Way. Thank you for reading. The trip was amazing and a really great experience as a couple. While the issues I had with my feet were sometimes overwhelming, completing this hike was important to me. We learned somethings along the way and hope to put that knowledge to use in a similar journey, hopefully as early as 2021.